Resistance of the ego to awareness
This path is often perceived by people as a "crisis", because the encounter with one's own shadow is not a pleasant thing. It often goes to the substance. One's own ego and personal pride are hit hard. The egoThe shadow, which exercises its power in the shadow, defends itself with indignation against awareness. It stages paralysis and fatigue or violent rejection and inner agitation with the aim of nipping this process in the bud.
For reasons like these, one rarely voluntarily exposes oneself to one's shadow, although this can trigger healing processes and bring about positive changes.
The crisis as an impetus for change
And that is why life itself brings people into situations in which they simply cannot help but deal with the difficult. In a crisis in which the normal coping resources are no longer sufficient, the person suddenly needs other resources. Now the shadows come into play. They emerge - in the negative aspect of the trait - from the unconscious and initially cause unease. However, if they are integrated, then new, expanded resources and possibilities for action are available to the person.
At the latest in the crisis of the middle years ("midlife crisis") it is time for the person to set out to integrate his or her shadows.